Wintergrass has made a decision that it had to change the way it exists to improve the festival. This change is major, including moving out of the great Tacoma,WA location to a different style venue. This venue which will allow the festival to be held with multiple stages, workshops, lodging, vendors and most important some great 24 hour jamming locations all in a top notch venue. The location that will allow the music to be presented at it’s best is a brand new addition to the 4 Star rated Bellevue Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, WA. The hotel will be offering some great rates $109 per night (lower than the rates from last years) for the festival and with over 700 rooms this will allow us to house everyone in one location. Please watch the blog and website for all the details on everything. We will be posting all the details as soon as we can. There is alot of info to be given. The bottom line is that Wintergrass is about the music (both on the stages and off),the “Wintergrass community” and lets get ready to move Wintergrass forward.
Thanks to all our friends and businesses that have supported Wintergrass for the past 16 years and hopefully they will follow us down the road to our new home.
So far the bands scheduled for Wintergrass 2010 are The Seldom Scene, Tim O’brien, The Infamous Stringdusters, Crooked Still, The Dry Branch Fire Squad, Mike Marshall & Darol Anger with Vasen.
Thanks for those of you who have taking the survey so far. If you have not yet it would really help. So far at this point over 500 people have expressed their views and it is really helping Wintergrass to see not only your opinions on the location but a few other items that matter to you.
The Wintergrass staff and board are all reading the survey. They are listening! Really. And we’ll keep listening. They will not only post our decision as soon as we make it, but we’ll also send out a detailed accounting of what folks had to say in the survey in our next newsletter. Current ticket holders should rest assured that we will take care of them first no matter what decision is made. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate all of the feedback.
To access the survey just head over to the website at http://www.wintergrass.com
Strum-a-thon this Monday, June 8, 4-6 pm at Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub in Tacoma. The organizers of the Wintergrass will be deciding on Tuesday whether to move their festival to Bellevue.This event is being held for you to help show your support for Wintergrass in Tacoma. Go to the Wintergrass website and fill out their questionnaire: http://www.acousticsound.org/
Click on the link below for more information.
Your input will be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to fill out the new survey on the Wintergrass site. You can also sign up for the Wintergrass e-mail list from the site.
This is not an easy decision for Wintergrass. After a very successful long run in Tacoma, Wintergrass feels that it might have to make a move.
An opportunity has come available to move the festival to the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. This hotel is undergoing a major addition (not a remodel) which will provide some great facilities for a festival like Wintergrass. They are adding hundreds of rooms. They are adding major convention space. It will all be held in one venue with a multi-year commitment. No leaving the venue to go to workshops or other stages.This will put all of the people in one hotel instead of scattered at hotels all over(no lugging instruments on a shuttle). No room lottery. The Bellevue Hyatt is a 4 star facility. Bellevue itself offers a variety of restaurants within walking distance, shopping malls,grocery stores and easy highway and public transportation. Check out the hotel’s website and ignore the rates on there, Wintergrass rates will be greatly discounted.
Wintergrass is in the final stages of negotiations with the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. We are strongly considering relocating the festival in 2010.
•The Hyatt offers over 700 rooms, all stages, workshop rooms, plenty of vendor space and lots and lots of unrestricted jamming space.
•The stage capacity of the venues is roughly equivalent to Tacoma, but there is room to grow in Bellevue.
•Rooms rates are about 1/3 lower at the Hyatt than in most hotels we’ve been at in Tacoma. We are negotiating a multi-year contract so that the great room rates we get year one, will be in place for a number of years.
•Jam-friendly? Yes. The manager grew up in a house full of musicians who stayed up all night playing music. His dad was a working musician who performed well into his 80s. He loves music and understands the joy of playing tunes together with friends. He just doesn’t want us sticking signs on the walls. We can handle that, right? 🙂
•We know traffic can be a bear, but we also know there are ways to work around the worst of it.
•We have not signed anything yet and we very much want feedback from Wintergrass fans. If we moved to Bellevue, would you come with us? Leave a comment here or email Wintergrass. If you sign up for the Wintergrass email list a survey will be sent to you. Also visit us on Facebook.
Thanks from Wintergrass
Wintergrass is currently working on some major improvements. As of now Wintergrass is considering moving it’s current location for a variety of reasons. Bellevue, WA is a possible location for Wintergrass 2010 and beyond. An announcement will be made here and on the website in a few days.
Some of the items that Wintergrass is trying to improve include: jamming areas, stage locations, sound, vendor locations, availablity of rooms, room rates, parking.
Wintergrass is taking into consideration the comments that have been expressed by fans from emails, comments at the festival and from the surveys completed on the website.
Hopefully we will have more info in the next few days.
Thanks from Wintergrass!!